Two cops injured after car rams barricade outside US Capitol

A motorist mowed down two cops outside the US Capitol and was shot dead by police after smashing into a barrier and emerging with a knife on Friday afternoon, according to officials and reports. 

All three were taken to the hospital — with the suspect in custody — as the building was placed on lockdown following the chaos that erupted around 1 p.m.

The suspect later died, according to ABC News.

The incident took place at a vehicle checkpoint on the north side of the Capitol along Constitution Avenue in Washington DC, police said.

Sources told NBC News that the driver got out of the car with a knife after hitting the officers, then was shot.

Cellphone video clips showed a helicopter landing near the Capitol before taking off a short time later.

A photo also shows a dark sedan with its front end crumpled against a white metal, pop-up barricade with the words “STOP” in red.

The driver’s door and trunk were also open as authorities gathered around a band of yellow caution tape.

There were unconfirmed initial reports of a shooting.

The incident took place amid heavy security put in place following the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

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